Updating gender analysis for oxfam wash interventions





Oxfam is a registered International Non-Governmental Organization. It is a member of Oxfam International, an international confederation of 17 organizations working together in 98 countries with partners and other allies around the world. 

Oxfam focuses its activities on providing a comprehensive response to poverty, working cohesively in the four areas that constitute its identity: development cooperation, humanitarian action, faire trade, social mobilization, campaigns and education for global citizenship. 


The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program of Oxfam was established in the Gaza Strip in 2008 to respond to the humanitarian WASH need of Gaza population and to protect communities from Public Health (PH) risks. Oxfam maintains active participation in the WASH cluster and efficient information sharing in all WASH working groups, leads the Hygiene Promotion Working Group, and is an active member in the Water Quality Working Group as well as the Communication with Communities (CwC) Working Group led by OCHA. Moreover, WASH in country receive strategic oversight from Oxfam’s Country Director (CD) in OPTI and regular support through its regional WASH team along with technical support from Oxfam’s advisors based in different Oxfam affiliates and Oxfam’s Global Humanitarian Team (GHT).

Oxfam WASH strategy, developed in 2016, is aligned to Oxfam’s Country Strategy (OCS) in OPTI and with the technical framework of Oxfam’s global WASH innovation programme, which aims at implementing projects and actions that demonstrate new methodologies, approaches and technologies that address specific problems and gaps more efficiently.  The main humanitarian standards and protection principles are given careful consideration especially the do-no-harm principle within the Implementation of Oxfam interventions. This is particularly important in the Gaza context, where social and political instability and conflict are evident in many areas with conservative protection norms. Explicit plans to reduce risks, and to competently mitigate and respond to any incidents, including safeguarding training (i.e. on sexual harassment, discrimination and exploitation, and child protection) are elaborated by Oxfam and monitored, adjusted and refreshed if the context changes.

Furthermore, due to prevailing gender norms and somewhat due to the negative effects of the prolonged occupation, men in general still have a more privileged position to access and benefit from assets, resources, and services. Oxfam has developed an internal resource that addresses these issues (Handbook on Gender and Women’s rights in emergencies) translated into Oxfam’s Gender in Emergencies Minimum Standards in addition to developing of gender analysis study which showed short term needs and priorities of women in Gaza along with women’s practical needs and strategic interests which informs the design and implementation of the Oxfam WASH projects.

Oxfam’s expertise in WASH has allowed it to adopt a leading role in innovation for the humanitarian sector in Gaza through undertaken a number of WASH initiatives aiming at improving access to safe drinking water, domestic water and for agricultural use. Oxfam’s work in WASH in the Gaza Strip has been varied with different types of projects ranging from humanitarian to developmental. Oxfam has worked on a variety of WASH projects including water and wastewater facilities, water tank distribution, RO desalination plant construction, solar systems and many more; with special focus on hygiene promotion and health awareness campaigning. The coverage of Oxfam’s projects over the years has reached most of the population in the Gaza Strip directly, and all of them indirectly. Over the past five years Oxfam’s WASH project in the Gaza Strip aimed at: 

Improving vulnerable households/communities' access to safe drinking water and improving drinking water management practices.
Ensuring safe access and maintained upgrading to small and medium scale sanitation solutions.
Improving vulnerable households/communities' access to domestic water managed by water service providers.
Ensuring safe access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities with improved hygiene for crises affected schools and kindergartens.
Improving vulnerable farmers’ access to agricultural water through storm water and wastewater reuse interventions.
Integrating water, sanitation, and hygiene with nutrition, and economic development programs.
Promoting water governance and water quality/safety management by local authorities and private sector. 


Oxfam are conducting a bidding process and invites your submission of a proposal to provide Oxfam, within their requirements, for:



A detailed description of the assignment, services required by Oxfam and conditions of participating in this bidding is contained in the RFQ dossier and can be downloaded from the following link:

20/013/OPTI-GAZA_RFQ Dossier

The deadline for submission of bids is 16th February 2020 at 4pm (Gaza time) upon conditions in the RFQ dossier.

Responses (Offers) shall be sent only to ([email protected]) without ccing any other email addresses. Any offers sent through other channels will not be considered.

Offer shall be sent in 2 separate files - PDF format - (one for Technical Offer and one for Price Offer)

Email subject must contain the following reference: (OXFAM - 20/013/OPTI-GAZA)

Oxfam does not bind itself to award the tender to the lowest offer and reserves the right to accept the whole or part of the tender.

We look forward to receiving a proposal from you and thank you for your interest in our account.

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